Passive gold gain is a nice extra to get items in League of Legends. Depending on the mode, there are other ways to earn gold like killing enemy champions or minions. Masteries and runes can also contribute towards building a little fortune in items. With so many options available, which is the best?
It’s hardly arguable that kills, assists, towers destroyed or captured and minions kill are the best ways of earning gold. However, passive gold gain can provide a good amount of gold to complete a build. Let’s suppose we want 1000 gold to complement our active gold earning. How much time do we have to wait to get 1000 gold?
Depending on the items, masteries and runes used the amount of passive gold gain differs. It’s even different for each game mode. In Classic every champions earns 13 gold per 10 seconds (Gp10), in Dominion they earn 56 Gp10. Therefore, we’ll analyze the following cases in each game mode:
– Passive gold gain
– Passive + masteries
– Passive + runes
– Passive + one 5 Gp10 item
– Passive + masteries + one 5 Gp10 item
– Passive + masteries + runes + one 5 Gp10 item
– Passive + two 5 Gp10 items
The analysis will show the total amount of Gp10, the amount of gold earned per second and the time, in minutes, necessary to passively earn 1000 gold. Active ways of earning gold will be ignored as well as starting gold.
|Case||Total Gp10||Gold per Sec.||Min. to 1000 Gold|
|Passive gold gain||13||1.3||12.82|
|Passive + masteries||15||1.5||11.11|
|Passive + runes||18.25||1.825||9.13|
|Passive + one 5 Gp10 item||18||1.8||9.26|
|Passive + masteries + one 5 Gp10 item||20||2||8.33|
|Passive + masteries + runes + one 5 Gp10 item||25.25||2.525||6.60|
|Passive + two 5 Gp10 items||23||2.3||7.25|
In Classic base passive gold is quite low, which makes every little increment quite significant. For instance, using the Wealth mastery the time to get 1000 gold can be reduced in more than a minute. Runes prove even more effective, just like buying a 5 Gp10 item. A 5 Gp10 item is as well worth buying while using Wealth to reduce time in almost minute.
The most reasonable build for optimizing passive gold gain is to use masteries plus runes and a 5 Gp10 item. This setup is more effective than two 5 Gp10 items and is the preferred method when passive gold gain is the main objective.
|Case||Total Gp10||Gold per Sec||Min. to 1000 Gold|
|Passive gold gain||56||5.6||2.98|
|Passive + masteries||58||5.8||2.87|
|Passive + runes||61.25||6.125||2.72|
|Passive + one 5 Gp10 item||61||6.1||2.73|
|Passive + masteries + one 5 Gp10 item||63||6.3||2.65|
|Passive + masteries + runes + one 5 Gp10 item||68.25||6.825||2.44|
|Passive + two 5 Gp10 items||66||6.6||2.53|
Dominion’s base passive gold gain is quite large, because of that it diminishes the effect of additional boosts to passive gold. It’s important to note that the difference in gold per second between base passive gold and the full build of base passive gold, masteries, runes and 5 Gp10 item is slightly over one gold and around half a minute.
Passive gold gain is not worth increasing in Dominion. There’s little benefit from buying a 5 Gp10 item so it’s only recommended if it’s already part of an item in the intended build. Runes and especially masteries are not worth the cost.
In Classic, any source of additional passive gold is a welcome contribution. Even though matches can be long, to be able to complete a build before the enemy provides a tangible benefit.
In Dominion, increasing passive gold gain is not a good plan. Not only the benefit is minuscule but the base passive gold gain is large enough to provide 1000 gold every three minutes.